High-end audio company SSL launched its original Duende powered plug-in system in 2006.
It’s no surprise then that SSL has returned with a cutdown version: Duende Mini. So, what are the differences? First up, it’s considerably more compact (it measures about six inches square) and on the DSP front, it offers half that of the Duende Classic.
In plug-in terms this means 16 mono or eight stereo instances (up to 96kHz), although you can buy a DSP upgrade that doubles the plug-in count to match the Classic.
Like its sibling, the box can run directly from 6-pin FireWire power, although there’s an external power supply included too. And, in line with the latest driver support, you can run two units together on one machine. So if you’ve got the cash, two fully upgraded Minis could give you a maximum of 64 mono instances.